Marion boys win Hesston meet

James Jones shows the form that earned him third place in the long jump at Hesston with a distance of 19 feet, 9 inches. Jones placed second in the triple jump (40-11) to help the Marion boys win the meet with 119 points.
James Jones shows the form that earned him third place in the long jump at Hesston with a distance of 19 feet, 9 inches. Jones placed second in the triple jump (40-11) to help the Marion boys win the meet with 119 points.
The Marion track and field team put up a strong performance at the Hesston Relays Thursday.

Aided by strong performances in the throwing events, the Warrior boys won the meet with 119 points ahead of Hesston (90) and Cheney (72) among a field of 11 schools.

Marion swept the top three places in the shot put. Morgan Wheeler finished first with a throw of 46 feet, 6 inches. Kyle Palic placed second (46-5) and Nick Meyer, third (45-7).

Palic won the discus (145-1)?and finished second in the javelin (163-10).

Also earning points in the throwing events were John Nordquist, third in the javelin (158-0); and Meyer, fourth in the discus (136-4).

?Once again our throwers led the way,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?The internal competition is so fun to watch between Kyle, Nick, Morgan and John.?

Marion earned three additional silver medals:?James Jones in the triple jump (40-11); Mason Pedersen in the 110 hurdles (16.16 seconds); and Tyler Neufeld in the 800 (2:07.4).

Placing third were:?Jones in the long jump (19-9); Seth Snelling in the pole vault (11-0); Brad Stone in the 110 hurdles (16.93); Neufeld, Snelling, Stone and Jones in the 4×400 (3:41.0); and Tyler Arocha, Devin Regnier, Bryce Shults and Nicholas Stuchlik in the 4×800 (10:01.7).

These athletes completed the Warrior scoring:?Neufeld, fourth in the pole vault (11-0); Pedersen, fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.37); Stone, fifth in the 300 hurdles (44.72); Pedersen, sixth in the long jump (18-9); Nicholas Stuchlik, sixth in the high jump (5-4); and Nordquist, Arocha, Regnier and Stone, sixth in the 4×100 (48.42).

The girls, meanwhile, placed fourth with 63 points behind Hesston (100), Cheney (87) and Garden Plain (64).

Marissa Jacobson paved the way in scoring by placing first in the triple jump (34-83?4) and second in the long jump (15-63?4)?and 300 hurdles (47.82).

Marion earned two additional gold medals:?Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (10-0)?and Marshelle Mermis in the 400 (1:02.4).

Kelli Hess finished second in the 400 (1:02.9), and Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich, Hess and Mermis placed second in the 4×400 in a school record time of 4:10.65.

?Our girls? 4×400 relay broke the school record by almost a second, and the great thing is that we haven?t even come close to running our best race yet,? Thierolf said. ?That group of sprinters will be fun to watch in the next three weeks.?

Additional athletes earning points were:?Ehrlich, fourth in the 300 hurdles (50.47); Mermis, fifth in the 200 (27.67); McKenzee Remmers, fifth in the 800 (2:36.8); Kristen Herzet, sixth in the discus (104-8); and Emily Schneider, Hess, Ehrlich and Maloney, sixth in the 4×100 (52.97).

Coming?Marion will host the Heart of America league meet Friday with events beginning at 3 p.m.